I have 25 years of experience in Growth Marketing, Brand Building, and Digital Communications. I'm also a former tech startup Founder & CEO of Grand Finale Entertainment, and U.S. patent holder of the first consumer approved, smartphone controlled ViViD Fireworks Show In A Box.
I've been recognized repeatedly with various business growth awards including the cover story of Brandweek Magazine and held numerous positions to include VP of Marketing, Director of Consumer Experience, and Brand Builder for tech and consumer product companies including Pass It Down, Michelin, Unilever, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and Flair Communications Agency. During my time, I gained expertise in brand building, product development, digital marketing, multi-channel communications, and developing brand experience journeys that customers reward with brand loyalty.
I'm a native Chicagoan and haved lived in 11 different cities across the United States. I'm a 25-year veteran in marketing and business management, having held numerous managerial positions in several global corporations as well as startup organizations. Examples include: Pass It Down, Michelin, Unilever, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and Flair Communications Agency. I have a masters of business of administration (MBA) degree from Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management.
I'm also a 17-year veteran of the professional fireworks industry and a licensed pyrotechnician. During my time in the fireworks business, I founded my own tech startup and I'm also a U.S. patent holder for a new consumer fireworks product. I worked for five internationally recognized companies in several capacities to include sales, operations, manufacturing, show production, and pyro-musical design. I'm currently a member of the National Fireworks Association and Pyrotechnic Guild International.